Well, it's that time again...the offseason is here. And my hope this offseason is that I'll be able to crank up more old game reviews for our viewing pleasure (or at least to have something else to look at rather than watch another playoff season without the Giants).
I've been lucky enough over the years in doing this that I've had so many game collectors reach out to me and trade games, so I now have over 600 old games. (You can see the list here: http://bigbluevcr.blogspot.com/2015/09/updated-game-inventory.html
Anyway, I tried to find a random game that encapsulated looking for some hope during a lost season. And the last stretch before the post 2012 world in which there was not much going on for the Giants came in the 1990s, when the Parcells team had run it's course and the Giants slogged through the end of the Dan Reeves years.
Well, in looking back at the Reeves era, there was actually a bright spot in hindsight. And he was brought in as an offensive coach (remember, he was a running back in Dallas, and actually became a player/coach under Landry, and then went to Denver where he went to 3 Super Bowls with Elway ..some would say held him back, probably including Elway). Anyway, he was brought in to manage the Simms transition and ended up bungling it with Dave Brown, Kent Graham, and just for the hell of it, that Tommy Maddox game vs. the Eagles in 1995.
But one thing Reeves did help, was nurture the development of a new defensive core. The Giants dominant unit from the 1980s was gone. LT, Marshall, Banks, etc. But during the really bad years of 1995 and 1996, Reeves helped develop several young defensive players who took their lumps but would eventually become the new group that won the NFC East in 1997 and made the Super Bowl run in 2000. Strahan, Hamilton, Harris, Wooten, Sehorn, etc. All guys who became an underrated and at times dominant unit.
This review is about how the Giants played a game against the equally disappointing Arizona Cardinals in what would be their 2nd and final year under Buddy Ryan. And that the Giants would find a way to win thanks to another young defender who would break out from being considered nothing more than an undersized coverage linebacker in Jesse Armstead. And maybe give us fans hopes that we can see development of young guys on the current roster (Barkley, Hernandez, Carter, Hill, Engram, Tomlinson, etc) can take their lumps and be ready to make their own Super Bowl run.
As before, if you have any game requests, let me know. I already have 1 more pretty much ready to go, and a 2nd in the works.
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